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Lazio president issues Sergej Milinkovic-Savic transfer update amid Manchester United rumours

Lazio president Claudio Lotito says his club ‘rejected a €160m’ bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from an unspecified club.

The Serbian international was heavily linked with a move to United last year, although the club eventually deemed any pursuit to be too expensive.

And it looks like they would have had to break their club record transfer fee to secure any deal judging by Lotito’s recent comments.

Speaking about the long-term future of Lazio, the club president spoke of his great ambition to grow the club while claiming he had refused an enormous bid for their charismatic midfielder.

“The interest of myself and those who run the club is to make a strong and winning team, to reinforce it and not weaken it,” Lotito said.

“If I had another mentality, I would have sold Milinkovic for 160 million but I did not do it. I think that no president in the world would have done what I did.”

 

However, it is interesting to note Lotito’s comments contradict another recent interview of his. Speaking in November of last year the club president refused to give any assurances about Milinkovic-Savic and revealed the 23-year-old could leave if an ‘offer they couldn’t refuse’ was to arrive.

“In today’s football, it’s difficult for a player to tie himself to just one club for the rest of his career, but at Lazio we are doing well. Our players show great affection to the club,” he told Calciomercato last year.

“Milinkovic-Savic? Unfortunately, Lazio don’t have the same economic potential as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“When the conditions are on our side and an offer you can’t refuse arrives, then we will face the matter.”

 



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